Minihan McAlister is a law firm catering for the agricultural and rural sectors. We are experienced solicitors offering traditional values with a modern approach. We provide solid legal advice, but also truly excellent customer service. Find out more about our team by following this link.
Rural and agricultural issues are often complex and diverse, thereby benefitting from a team approach. We bring a collective energy to solving your problems, utilising individual talents and sharing knowledge and experience.
Our aim is to be different.
All of our clients are given direct contact numbers and a secretary will only take the call if we are genuinely unavailable. We take the time to know you, your business, your needs and your challenges to ensure that we can give you the best support possible.
Our working model is based on flexibility. We are not constrained to 9am-5pm working hours and will do our best to speak to you at your convenience. If you want us to meet you at your workplace, your home or your agent’s offices then we are happy to travel to you.
Our approach to fees is wholly transparent and based on value to you rather than time spent by us. We count achievements, not hours and will provide you with fixed fee quotes wherever possible.
Minihan McAlister has been recognised by Chambers and Partners and is a ranked firm for agriculture and rural affairs.
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Jayne is an experienced solicitor, whose expertise lies in property law, including both commercial and agricultural property and tenancies involving the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Jayne qualified in 2004 and set up Minihan McAlister with Sam in 2013.
Jayne provides specialist advice in relation to renewable energy schemes and telecommunication masts, and has a particular interest in residential and commerical development, acting for landowners and developers in the negotiation of options, conditional contracts, joint venture agreements and promotional agreements.
Jayne is a member of the Agricultural Law Association.
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Sam advises on a wide range of agricultural issues and has significant experience in dealing with agricultural tenancies and commons law. Sam spent 6 years at a local firm working alongside a leading agricultural specialist before setting up Minihan McAlister.
Sam has established a large number of commons associations throughout England and regularly advises on the Commons Act 2006. Sam also advises on Wills, Estate Planning and Trusts.
Sam is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and is the Tenant Farmers Association Recommended Professional for legal services in the North West of England. Chambers and Partners have recognised Sam as a notable practitioner in Agricultural Law
We advise both landlords and tenants on their rights and obligations when dealing with tenancies of agricultural land. We have comprehensive knowledge of the issues arising under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986, the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 and the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
Key areas of expertise include the following:
- Negotiating and drafting farm business tenancies, grazing licences and deeds of surrender
- Advising on rent reviews
- Serving and advising on notices to quit, notices to remedy and notices to pay
- Advising on claims for repairs and dilapidations
- Advising on succession planning
- Acting on behalf of landlords and tenants on succession applications
The agricultural sector is increasingly subject to European and domestic regulation. We have experience in advising farmers and landowners on their regulatory obligations.
Key areas of expertise include the following:
- Advising on subsidy claims and appeals
- Advising on reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy
- Acting in connection with disputes involving DEFRA
Farm Sales & Purchases
We advise both sellers and purchasers on land transactions involving all aspects of rural property, including sales and purchases of farms and agricultural land.
We deal with all related elements of sales and purchases of rural property, including the following:
- Mortgages and charges
- Option agreements and pre-emption agreements
- Clawback and overage provisions
- Occupancy issues
- Environmental stewardship schemes and single farm payment
We take the time to understand your business and the commercial implications of changes to your business structure, and work closely with other professionals, including accountants and land agents, to ensure that all matters are dealt with efficiently and practically.
Partnerships remain the most common form of business structure in the agricultural sector, but we can assist with advising on a variety of business structures.
Key areas of expertise include the following:
- Drafting partnership agreements
- Advising on claims under the Partnership Act 1890
- Advising on issues arising on the death or retirement of a partner and dissolution of a partnership
- Advising on land ownership within a business structure and drafting the necessary deeds, licences and tenancies
Wills & Estate Planning
Wills should be as simple, clear and concise as possible to ensure that your wishes are carried out. We work closely with other professionals to draft your Will as tax efficiently as possible, using our specialist knowledge to help you with your estate planning.
Agricultural property relief and business property relief are of particular relevance to farmers and landowners. We liaise with your tax advisors when considering your inheritance tax position to ensure that you structure your financial affairs in the most appropriate manner.
Specialist Rural Issues
A large proportion of our clients are farmers and rural landowners and we therefore deal with specialised, obscure and discrete areas of property law, including:
- First registrations of unregistered land, including complex and large estates
- Commons law, including the Commons Act 2006 and the establishment of commons associations
- Advising on town and village greens
- Planning law, including section 38 agreements, section 104 agreements and section 106 agreements
- Proprietory and estoppel claims
- Manorial rights and third party reservations, including sporting, fishing and mines and minerals
We act for landlords, tenants, developers, investment institutions and banks in connection with:
- Offices and financial services leases
- Retail leases
- Industrial leases
- Options and energy leases
- Mines and minerals leases
- Lease assignments and purchases of leasehold interests in office, retail and industrial properties
- Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Notices and lease renewal procedures
Commercial Property Sales & Purchases
We advise sellers, purchasers, investment institutions and lenders in connection with acquistions and disposals of all types of commerical property, including:
- Green-field and brown-field sites for office, retail, residential or industrial development
- Vacant or occupied retail, office and industrial units
- Multiple portfolio properties and estates for retail, office and industrial use
- Mortgages and re-mortgages of commerical properties
We also deal with ongoing estate management of portfolios and estates and any lending requirements including mortgages and remortgages. We work alongside your accountants, surveyors and land agents to effect the most tax efficient structure wherever possible.
Our agricultural and commerical experience makes us well suited to rural land diversification with expertise in acting for both land owners and developers.
Key areas of expertise include the following:
- Options for land development
- Conditional contracts
- Joint venture agreements
- Promotion agreements
- Clawback and overage agreements
- Development and planning agreements including S104 and S106 agreements
- Deeds of easement and wayleaves
Renewables & Reserve Energy Schemes
We advise both landowners and developers on land transactions relating to renewable energy schemes involving wind, solar, water and other low carbon developments and the reserve generation of gas and electricity including:
- Options for energy leases
- Energy leases
- Direct funding agreements
- Sub-station leases
- Cable easements
- Compound licences
Minihan McAlister is a trading name of Minihan McAlister Limited, a limited liability company registered in England and Wales with company number 08627194. Our registered office is Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, CA4 8RR Our main trading address is Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 8RR. Our VAT number is 173 3974 81.
We are authorised and regulated in England and Wales by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (registration number 599169) and our activities are governed by the Solicitors Code of Conduct 2011.
We maintain professional indemnity insurance in accordance with the rules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Our professional indemnity insurer is AMTrust Europe Ltd.
We are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to advise on finanical and investment matters. We are included on the register of exempt professional firms maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. This is because we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which is a designated professional body for the purposes of the Finanical Services and Markets Act 2000. The exempt professional firm's register can be accessed at www.fca.gov.uk/register.
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- Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint, and
- No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
- No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.
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